Dr. Rashed Sarwar, the United Nations Children’s Fund Representative in Belarus, addressed the local business community and all the country’s residents with an open letter to jointly raise $ 1.5 mln for an emergency campaign to procure and deliver by medical equipment and personal protective equipment for Belarusian medical professionals and patients during COVID-19.
“Our team has a unique opportunity to purchase a large cargo of medical equipment and materials through our UNICEF global logistics hub in Copenhagen, Denmark and deliver this to Belarus <…> Due to its special status within the UN System, UNICEF is exempt from taxes and customs duties when importing goods to Belarus,” the letter reads.
According to the UNICEF representative, the fund can bring in several shipments totaling 1,500,000+ liters of antiseptic and personal hygiene products, 100,000+ test systems, remote temperature measurement devices, hygiene kits, personal protective equipment, oxygen concentrators and much more.
UNICEF is not the only organisation that is raising money to help Belarusian medics. Its office in Belarus has joined forces with the local campaign #BYCOVID19.
“Thanks to UNICEF’s capabilities, our joint initiative has an access to the global market of suppliers. As we have a list of products that medical professionals need and #BYCOVID19 logixtic volunteer network, our provision of assistance to medics will be accurate, relevant and timely,” campaign coordinator Andrey Stryzhak said on Facebook.
Cooperation with various community initiatives will help to do more for Belarusian doctors, UNICEF officers stress:
“In the current situation, mutual competition may result in the coronavirus’ defeating human beings. Therefore, we are ready to use every opportunity to work together with initiatives that make a point of backing doctors and patients.”
To make a donation, please follow a link or choose any method convenient for you:
Payment via the “Raschet” system (ERIP) [Single Settlement and Information Space];
Belsat.eu, following unicef.by